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Nigerian National Anthem and Pledge, Old & New

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Nigerian National Anthem and Pledge

How to recite the Nigerian National Anthem and Pledge? What is Nigeria’s pledge? Who wrote Nigeria’s national anthem and pledge? What is the national anthem and pledge? How many Stanza has the Nigeria national anthem? Who wrote the national pledge? Why did Nigeria change its national anthem? Who composed the first stanza of the Nigeria national anthem? What is the full national anthem? When was the national pledge adopted?

See Also: List Of States In Nigeria, Their Capitals, Slogan, Population

History Of Nigerian National Anthem And Pledge

It was the British National anthem “God Save the Queen” that Nigeria sang as her anthem between 1914 to 1960 when she gained her independence.

After Nigeria’s independence, Lillian Jean Williams created the lyrics, while Frances Berda composed Nigeria’s first post-independence national anthem: “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”. This former Nigerian anthem was used from 1960 till 1978 before the government (military regime) of Olusegun Obasanjo decided on a new national anthem for Nigeria.

The government organized a contest for the “best lyrics” for a new Nigerian anthem from which the best of all the suggested lines and phrases were used to compose Nigeria’s brand-new anthem: “Arise, O Compatriots”.

The authors of the phrases and lines that were used in Nigeria’s second anthem song include Eme Etim Akpan; John A. Ilechukwu; B. A. Ogunnaike; P. O. Aderibigbe; and Dr Sota Omoigui.

Pa Benedict Odiase, who was Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Director of Music in the Nigeria Police Band at the time, was the one who took all the words and organised them into Nigeria’s current national anthem song popularly referred to as “Arise, O Compatriots”.

The Nigeria national pledge on the other hand was written by a princess from the Iji ruling house of Saki, Oyo State, Prof (Mrs.) Felicia Adebola Adedoyin in 1976.

British National Anthem

“God Save The Queen” Lyrics

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!

O Lord our God arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall:
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen!

Nigeria’s Old (First) National Anthem

Lyrics Of “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”

Nigeria, we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood, we stand,
Nigerians all are proud to serve
Our sovereign native land
Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honor’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

Nigeria’s New (Second) National Anthem

“Arise, O Compatriots” Lyrics

Verse 1: (first stanza)

Arise, O compatriots
Nigeria’s call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labor of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom
Peace and unity.

Verse 2: (second stanza)

Oh God of creation
Direct our noble cause
And guide our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace And justice shall reign.

Let’s now see the Nigerian National Anthem and Pledge in other major Nigerian languages.

Nigeria National Anthem In Hausa

Tashi, Ya Yan Uwa
Kiran Najeriya yayi biyayya
Don yi wa ƙasar mahaifinmu hidima
Da soyayya da karfi da imani
Aikin jaruman mu na baya,
ba zai taba zama banza ba
Don yin hidima da zuciya da ƙarfi,
Al’umma ɗaya daure cikin ‘yanci, zaman lafiya da haɗin kai

II
Ya Allah na halitta,
Ka shiryar da lamirinmu mai daraja
Ka shiryar da shugabannin mu daidai
Taimaka wa matasan mu gaskiya su sani
Cikin soyayya da gaskiya su girma
Kuma rayuwa mai adalci da gaskiya
Babban matsayi mai girma ya kai
Don gina ƙasa inda zaman lafiya da adalci za su yi sarauta.

Nigeria National Anthem In Yoruba

I
Dide, eyin Omo ilu
Ipe Nigeria gboran
Lati sin ile baba wa
Pẹlu ifẹ ati agbara ati igbagbọ
Iṣẹ awọn akọni wa ti kọja,
kì yóò jẹ́ lásán
Lati sin pẹlu ọkan ati agbara,
Orilẹ -ede kan ti a dè ni ominira, alaafia ati iṣọkan

II
Oluwa Ọlọrun ẹda,
Ṣe itọsọna idi ọlọla wa
Ṣe itọsọna awọn oludari wa ni ẹtọ
Ran awọn ọdọ wa lọwọ otitọ lati mọ
Ni ifẹ ati otitọ lati dagba
Ati gbigbe laaye ati otitọ
Awọn ibi giga giga giga de ọdọ
Lati kọ orilẹ -ede kan nibiti alaafia ati ododo yoo jọba.

Nigeria National Anthem In Igbo

I
Bilie, ndị obodo
Oku Nigeria rube isi
Ijere ala nna anyị ozi
Site n’ịhụnanya na ume na okwukwe
Ọrụ ndị dike anyị gara aga,
agaghị abụ n’efu
Iji obi na ike jee ozi,
Otu mba ejikọtara na nnwere onwe, udo na ịdị n’otu

II
Chineke nke okike,
Duzie ebumnuche anyị dị mma
Na -eduzi ndị ndu anyị nke ọma
Nyere ndị ntorobịa anyị aka ịmata eziokwu
N’ịhụnanya na ịkwụwa aka ọtọ ka o too
Na ibi ndụ ziri ezi na eziokwu
Enweta oke oke oke
Iji wuo obodo ebe udo na ikpe ziri ezi ga -achị.

Lyrics of the Nigerian Pledge

I pledge to Nigeria my country.
To be faithful, loyal, and honest.
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity and uphold her honour and glory
So help me God. Amen

Arise O Compatriots Mp3 Download

You can listen to or download the Nigeria national anthem song/audio on mp3 by 2Baba Ft. Rema and Yemi Alade.

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